Benjamin first started training for competitive gymnastics in April, 2017 a few months before his 9th birthday - a "few years late" to first get started in this sport as we were told. His love of gymnastics and work ethic was impressive though, and he was put on a JO Level 4 Team in June, 2017. He moved up to a JO Level 5 Team in July, 2017. Benjamin competed as a 9 yr-old Level 5 during the 2017-18 JO Season, and his scores steadily improved as he learned more and more about how to be a competitor in this sport, and as he began piling on the skills. By the time the State meet rolled around in March, 2018, Benjamin had truly begun to come into his own. Benjamin took 4th place (all-around) at the State meet for NorCal, and was the alternate for the NorCal All Start Team (Ages 7-9) that went to Regionals in Arizona in April, 2018. Benjamin placed 15th (All-Around) at Regionals (out of 74 boys competing in the 9 year-old boy age group). Soon thereafter, Liberty Gymnastics Men's Program Director (Chris Nagy) promoted Benjamin to Level 6. By July, 2018, Benjamin was training exclusively with the Liberty Gymnastics Optionals Team (JO Levels 7-10) and he trained with an eye toward competing in the 2018 Future Stars Competition. Thanks to fabulous coaching and outstanding support from Liberty Gymnastics, and Benjamin's hard work this past summer, Benjamin's improving skills and proficiency earned him a spot on the Liberty Gymnastics JO Level 7 Team in August, 2018. He expects to compete with the JO Level 7 Team during the 2018-19 JO Season. Benjamin attended his first NorCal Future Stars Testing on September 16, 2018, and we're SO PROUD of how he did! He still has a lot of work to do, but he nonetheless ended up with the highest scores in 4 events (as well as for his all-around score) in NorCal for his age group (the 10 year-olds)! He also had the second highest scores in his age group for three other events. Benjamin is currently preparing for the Regional Future Stars Testing, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in mid-October, 2018.